The following enquiry was recently received from Margaret Payne. “In 1958 I visited a great uncle who lived in Gransden, Arterial Road, Laindon. Do you know what happened to that house/bungalow? I can’t find it on Google Earth.”
So I got to work and enjoyed doing a bit of research.
The Basildon Development Corporation 1949 survey map shows Gransden as Plot no. 207 – situated on the south side of the Arterial (A127) east of the Fortune of War roundabout. Shown as just over an acre in size with a water course of some kind running along its boundary. Next to it was some waste ground and then ‘Sharon’, Plot No. 206. Plot No. 208 on the other side of Gransden is described as waste ground. Plots 199 to 205 are also described as waste land. The description is on a page headed ‘Ashleaves Avenue’, but has omitted to add that Arterial Road plots start at the bottom of the page. The description shows Gransden was made from brick and tiles, had five rooms and was in ‘good’ condition. I note to the right of the description the word ‘shop’ is written in the remarks column. Residents in 1949 accordingly to the Electoral Register were Bert P and Caroline E Bailey plus Percy Vincett. The 1952 telephone directory lists Percy A Vincett living in ‘Gransden’, Arterial Road, Laindon. Tel No. Laindon 2436. The 1959 Electoral Register lists Gransden under Arterial Road (A127) and shows only Percy Vincett in residence.
It is assumed that Gransden was demolished in the early 60s along with many other properties to make way for new development. From the overlay maps printed below, it would appear that Gransden would have stood within the wooded area which is now at the side of the Arterial (A127).